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UK has home-grown wood-based panels

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As one of the world's leading manufacturers of wood-based panels for housebuilders, we were delighted to read your article on structural insulated panels (AJ 9.11.00) because we are convinced that these products have a great future in the UK.

We were less happy with the article's incorrect statement that oriented strand board (OSB) has to be shipped in from abroad.

In fact, Sterling OSB has been manufactured at the Nexfor plant in Inverness since 1985. Nexfor can meet all UK demand - we currently export OSB to the rest of Europe.

Our Inverness plant has recently been expanded to meet what we are confident will be an increased demand for OSB in the next few years as housebuilders and house buyers recognise the many advantages of timberframed homes.

George Wilson, OSB product manager, Nexfor

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